Archive for December 2010
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My Christmas memories begin with that giant tree in the middle of downtown, a towering and fragrant cedar covered in hundreds of round colored lights, plain sky at the top, plain earth at the bottom. Strings of more colored lights led across the street to the old Badin Theater, to the corner library, and the corner of the old bandstand. And that was enough to put magic in my heart, no elves, no stars, no prancing reindeer, not even one garish grinning Santa. Just the one big tree of lights, the few adjoining strings. Seems it didn’t take so much in those days. Which were also the days of World War II, blackouts and rationings and modest simple gifts. The year I found General MacArthur under my tree. Full dress uniform, stiff brim to his cap, frowning face, he was not a doll to cuddle in a little girl’s arms, so I never tried. I don’t know what became of General MacArthur, but I wish I had him now, glum as he was. He’d surely make it to Antiques Roadshow. Those were the times I could say things by heart for the Badin Methodist Church Christmas programs. I could rattle off my piece cute as a parrot: What can I give Him? I can give Him my heart! After we children said our pieces and sang our carols, the Superintendent of the Sunday School, Mr. Ralph Bisel, a short and pleasant gentleman with black-rimmed spectacles, dressed as Santa, belly-laughed his way in and gave us little boxes of hard candy. Among the jawbreakers and peppermints, I found candy animals, bright green fish and golden camels. Imagine! Fish and camels shiny as jewels. They tasted more green and more golden than it seemed possible. Even today the words, Christmas tree, fish, camel, bring a slight salivary tingle and I taste their magic all over again. I’ve never found candy again in the shapes of fish and camels. The giant cedar tree is gone from downtown Badin. General MacArthur and Mr. Ralph Bisel are both dead. And I, as a cozy old grandmother, hope my grandchildren will read these memories some day and taste the same magic I did.
Writer Heather Ross Miller is a Badin native and author of many novels that feature Badin.
The Sunshine Club
Badin’s inter-denominational seniors club announces new meeting days for the coming year: 10:30 A.M. on the second Tuesday of November and December, and the fourth Tuesday of the month from January to October. Bring a covered dish, one dollar and a friend and enjoy the programs and fellowship of this cheerful group. Badin Garden Club
Given Badin’s many gardens and gardeners, it’s time to restart a Badin Garden Club. Call 704-422-3873 if you are interested in joining. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 6 PM at the Badin Inn. Badin Video A promotional video of Badin can be viewed at www.visitbadin.com. The video was made possible by a grant from the Alcoa Foundation and produced by John Westbrook of JS Media1. School Calendar 01/17/11 Holiday 01/20-21/11 Professional Days 02/14/11 Professional Day 04/1/11 Professional Day 04/22/11 Holiday 04/25-29/11 Vacation 05/30/11 Holiday 06/09/11 Last Day